Phu Yen may be an unfamiliar name on the tourist map, but this land in Central Vietnam is proving its potential as a flourishing destination of interest. Phu Yen owns pristine beaches and majestic mountains for ultimate relaxation amidst peaceful nature in an off-the-beaten-path area in Vietnam. See below for how you can spend one day in Phu Yen!
Phu Yen Province lies in Central Vietnam, next to Khanh Hoa Province, where Nha Trang City is located. The area's distinguished geographic feature makes Phu Yen's landscape a colorful and magnificent masterpiece, with most of its territory borders the sea, making up 189 kilometers of coastline, while 70 percent of Phu Yen’s land to the West is mountainous.
Most visitors will travel and spend the night in Tuy Hoa - the most developed and populated city in Phu Yen, and the central point where people can travel to adjacent places of interest.
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When to Spend One Day in Phu Yen
Like most of the rest of Vietnam, Phu Yen has two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. It’s advisable to visit Phu Yen during the dry season (January - August). Even though the weather might be quite humid, it’s much more travel-friendly compared to the rainy season (September - December), when it's much more stormy.
Especially during the Vietnamese Tet holiday (January of the Lunar Calendar), you may get the chance to listen to Bai Choi - a type of singing poetry that has been recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage.
Whether you come to Phu Yen during the dry season or the rainy season, packing is always key to surviving the weather. Check with this To-pack List for Vietnam for all your necessities.
How to Get to Phu Yen
You can go to Phu Yen via train, plane, or the sleeper bus:
Hanoi: you can take the train SE3 from Hanoi to Phu Yen.
Ho Chi Minh City: you can take the train SE2 or SE4 to Phu Yen.
Taking the night train is advisable as you will save a lot of traveling time.
Flying is the fastest way to get to Phu Yen from either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. For VND 1,000,000 to VND 1,500,000, you’ll be in Phu Yen in about an hour and a half. However, as Phu Yen’s airport is 10 kilometers away from the city center, you should take a taxi to downtown.
Travelers from Ho Chi Minh City can consider this option. For VND 200,000 - VND 300,000, you can get a decent ride from Phuong Trang to travel to Phu Yen.
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What’s better than welcoming a new day in the peaceful sound of waves and sea breezes gently blowing on your skin. These lesser-known beaches in Vietnam will be an unforgettable part of your trip to Phu Yen
Bai Tuy Hoa: This is the most convenient option as this beach is not far from the city center. That said, Tuy Hoa Beach still has a tranquil vibe to it, all separated from the city’s hustle and bustle.
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Bai Xep: Located north of Tuy Hoa City, Bai Xep gained fame for being the romantic background of a popular Vietnamese movie - “Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh” (Yellow Flowers on Green Grass). The beach has a rustic beauty with two black reefs cornering its shores.
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Get a panoramic view of Bai Xep from the cliff nearby
Nhan Tower, located on Nhan mountain, was built in the 12th century by the Cham people living in the Ba river delta basin. Nhan Tower has a height of 23.5 meters. Inside it is a small shrine built in the Later Le dynasty, dedicated to Thuong Dinh Chua Thiet A Na Dien Ngoc Phi - a Cham people’s goddess.
Learn about Phu Yen’s distant history at Nhan Tower
Ganh Da Dia (literally “the sea cliff of stone plates”) is probably the most well-known attraction in Phu Yen. The cliff was formed when a volcanic eruption sent hot lava to the sea surface, which morphed the basalt rocks’ shape, transforming them into a stunning black stone arrangement. Ganh Da Dia is a great spot for photography lovers, especially for memorable wedding photos.
Ganh Da Dia has an eccentric beauty
The second most famed thing of Phu Yen, after Ganh Da Dia, is the small islands surrounding it. Most of these islands are left untouched by commercialized tourism, so peace and rustic beauty are still significantly preserved. Some great activities are water sports, scuba diving, swimming, and of course, enjoying seafood.
Hon Nua is often dubbed as “the forgotten paradise"
Built in 1892, Mang Lang Chruch is the oldest church in Phu Yen and one of Vietnam's most ancient churches. Mang Lang Church follows a distinctly Gothic style with a time-worn beauty that captivates both tourists and locals. Here is also where the first book written in Vietnam’s national language is kept.
The exterior of Mang Lang Church
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It’d be a real pity to visit Phu Yen without trying the chicken rice at Tuyet Nhung restaurant. The rice is cooked in chicken broth, giving it a soft, rich texture, and an irresistible aroma. The sauce is also a secret in the stall’s success. The sauce is well-balanced between being sour and sweet, cutting through the richness of the rice.
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